Google released Google Chrome 59 on June 5, 2017 to the Stable channel on all supported operating systems including Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
The new version of Google Chrome ships with 30 security fixes, Settings updated to Material Design, new Developer Tools features, full screenshot capture, and under-the-hood improvements.
The official release announcement is -- as usual -- not very forthcoming in regards to the changes of the release. Google highlights the security fixes and Material Design settings, but that is about it. The company states however that blog posts about new features will be published on the official Chrome and Chromium blog, but that has not happened yet.
Google rolls out Chrome over a period of time. I never understood why the company does that, as Chrome releases usually include security fixes that all user systems benefit from.
You can -- and should -- run a manual update check in the following way to have the new Chrome 59 version picked up right away on your devices:
If the check does not work for whatever reason, head over to the official Chrome for Desktop site instead to download Chrome 59 this way.
The change that most Chrome 59 Stable users will notice is that Google switched the design of the browser's Settings page to Material Design. Google started to push Material Design changes to Chrome as early as 2015, and has yet to complete the process.
You may notice two major changes after the upgrade to Chrome 59:
Tip: Chrome 59 ships with an option to disable Material Design of the Settings page. Load chrome://flags/#enable-md-settings in the web browser, and set the flag to disabled. You need to restart Chrome afterwards to get the old Settings design back. This even restores the previous hierarchy of the Settings page. Note that Google will remove the flag eventually from Chrome.
The bulk of the changes are under the hood changes that benefit web applications and functionality, but are not directly noticeable by users.
You can check out the full log of changes of Chrome 59 on the Google Source website.
Google added new features to the Developer Tools, and improved others. Here is a quick overview of what is new or changed for developers:
Now You: What's your take on the changes in Chrome 59?
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